Magnetic Island is a short ferry ride away from the mainland city of Townsville, Queensland. It is the most easily accessible island holiday location on Australia’s east coast. There are two ferries servicing Maggie. A vehicle ferry that also carries passengers operated by Fantasea and a passenger only ferry operated by Sealink.
Offering 22 secluded bays, pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, abundant wildlife and a wide variety of land and water activities there is something special to do for everyone, of every age.
The climate is tropical with a yearly average maximum temperature of 28.8C and minimum of 19.7C.
Life on “Maggie” is relaxed. Clothing should be casual, cool and light but don’t forget to bring something a little warmer for the winter evenings – June through August. You will need the usual essentials to enjoy the sunshine such as sunscreen, hats and swimmers.
But don’t worry if you forget something as all essentials (and most non-essentials) can be bought on the island. There are lovely boutiques to browse and gift shops where you can purchase beach essentials in Nelly Bay and Alma Bay. Most activity equipment can also be hired in Nelly Bay.
Nelly Bay is the most convenient and accessible of the island towns as it harbors the only marina on the island and is the port for both ferry points. Water’s Edge is a short taxi ride or 7 minute stroll from the ferry terminal and is conveniently located for all amenities and shops. There is a pharmacy, medical center, post office, newsagent and two local supermarkets a short stroll from the marina.
Getting around is easy – even if your car is at home. With only 12km of road to travel you can hire a car, take a taxi, hail a bus, ride a bike or for shorter distances simply walk. For the adventure seeker there are also a number of less traditional options such as scooters, segways and even horse riding.